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Attending Conventions in Las Vegas

Inside of Vegas Convention CenterLas Vegas is a worldwide hub for conventions and trade shows. Mainly because it has more hotel rooms than any other city in the world, allowing for large room blocks, and the largest convention center in the country.

Not to mention, Las Vegas has hundreds of other attractive halls and banquet centers that more than often beat the prices of respective competition all over the world.

The downfall is that that hotel rooms “blocked” for convention- or trade-show-goers usually cost $10-20 more than the average rate per night.

The reasoning behind that is simple: the same big hotels that block rooms and offer good rates on banquet facilities usually house massive casinos, too — and every room a hotel fills with a convention or business traveler is one lost to a gambler, or someone who will likely spend more money in the casino.

Therefore, business and trade-show travelers will almost always pay more for lodging.
Some ways to avoid paying the increased rates if you’re planning to be in Vegas for a convention include Internet and last minute booking; purchasing rooms from a wholesaler, like Travelocity or Orbitz; booking rooms on days that aren’t the first through last days of the show; or, finding a hotel nearby that does not participate in room blocks.

Circus Circus, Excalibur and Luxor, located on The Strip, do not participate in room blocks. There are several other hotels located downtown that often do not participate in room blocks, too, and may offer better rates for the week you’ll be in town on business.

Most conventions and trade shows are held at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), the largest, single convention facility in the United States. It’s sprawling grounds cover more than 3.2 million square-feet, 2 million of which are solely designated for showroom and exhibit space. The LVCC can draw as many as 250,000 people at a time and is only one stretched block off of The Strip on Paradise Road. The LVCC is only three miles from McCarran International Airport.

Most business travelers prefer to stay at a hotel within walking distance to the LVCC when they’re in town for a show or convention. Here are some hotels located within a 20-minute walk from the LVCC:

Women Walking to convention
  • Renaissance Las Vegas, 548 rooms — 4-minute walk
  • Las Vegas Hilton, 3,174 rooms — 5-minute walk
  • Marriott Courtyard, 149 rooms — 6-minute walk
  • Hyatt Place, 202 suites — 7-minute walk
  • Las Vegas Marriott Suites, 278 suites — 9-minute walk
  • Residence Inn, 192 suites — 10-minute walk
  • Riviera Hotel, 2,075 rooms — 10-minute walk
  • Best Western Mardi Gras Inn, 314 suites — 12-minute walk
  • Circus Circus, 3, 763 rooms — 15-minute walk

If you’re staying at a hotel on the eastside of The Strip between Tropicana Avenue and Sands (or Spring Valley Road), or at the Stratosphere or Sahara hotels, the best way to get to the LVCC is by way of the city’s monorail.


There are only 5,200 parking spaces at the convention center, so it may be wise to consider a cab over driving. The most convenient section to park if you do decide to drive is in the Silver Lots, directly in front of the main entrance.

Search the Convention Calendar to learn about specific conventions taking place in the Las Vegas area during your stay. You may search by keyword, date and/or location to find the convention you are looking for.

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